Author: Wallenberg Committee

Joshua Flink

Over the summer, I volunteered in Delhi, India for four weeks and worked at an organization called PORDAC (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children). This opportunity was made possible both by the...

Hayden Hedman

Hayden Hedman

I spent the summer finalizing a twelve-month longitudinal field epidemiological study within northwestern Ecuador (province Esmeraldas). Interestingly, this region has been isolated from most of the continent until recent highway development within the last...

Frederick Newing

Frederick Newing

Frederick Newing volunteered at an orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. Because of the high rate of HIV/AIDS infections and other illnesses, many children are being fostered by relatives. Orphanages alleviate the strain on families with...

Sofia Squatriti

Sofia Squatriti

This summer, I worked as a French and Italian teacher for adult refugees at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome, Italy. The JNRC is a day center where 250 refugees and asylum-seekers gather...

Colleen Towler

Colleen Towler

With the generous support of the Wallenberg Travel Award, I was able to create a Photovoice project. The project focused on gaining an improved understanding of youth navigating non-traditional sexuality and gender expression in...

Bryan Stevenson, 2017 Wallenberg Medal Recipient

2017, Bryan Stevenson

By Jana Wilbricht, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Studies; Graduate Student Staff Assistant

On the evening of March 7th, 2017, the 25th Wallenberg Medal, the most distinguished award given by the University of Michigan, was presented to civil rights lawyer and social rights activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization working to guarantee a legal defense to every inmate on death row in Alabama, in 1989.

Amanvir with girls at a Sri Lanka orphanage

Amanvir Mandair

From May 16 to June 26 this summer, I travelled to the Grace Care Center (GCC) girl’s orphanage in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The purpose of my project there was to aid a group of...

Kaylla farming with villagers in India

Kaylla Cantilina

In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to Dolatpura, a small rural farming village in Gujarat, India, to work with local women to build cleaner, more efficient cook stoves. I...

Alexander and children from an Afro-Ecuadorian community

Alexander Goggins

This past summer I was fortunate enough to spend some time living in local Afro-Ecuadorian communities in northern Ecuador. During this time, I worked on the research project of a Ph.D. candidate and conducted...

Lawrence in the lab

Lawrence Lee

This summer, I worked with Epicentre, the research organization of Doctors Without Borders in Jordan at a reconstructive surgical hospital which serves victims of conflict from Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, and Syria. Since the hospital’s...